Tuesday, 16 April 2013


Good morning All.

The IRG now has a facebook page, thanks to Leah Muffin, as well as the


Please  spread  the  word. The more members we have the more political
muscle we have.

Michael  and  I  are meeting VicRoads staff next week. If you think an
item  should be on the agenda please let us know and we'll see what we
can do.

Send suggestions to:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              d.codognotto.oam@bigpond.com


Last night, April 17, we attended a committee meeting at the Melbourne
Town  Hall.  On the agenda was the Road Safety Plan 2013 to 2017. Five
speakers  told the committee that the plan lacked positive initiatives
for    motorcycle   &  scooter  riders. All the speakers called on the
committee  to  defer  adopting the RSP until further consultation with
stakeholders took place.

The   Independent Riders' Group   pointed  out   that  the  government
would   decide   on   the   recommendations   from  the  parliamentary
inquiry  into  motorcycle & scooter safety  on  June 15  and that this
would effect all bike safety.

The   speakers  were  from   the  IRG,  the  Victorian  Scooter Riders
Association, the Victorian Motorcycle Council and an independent.

Cr Foster moved to defer the RSP. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle seconded the
motion. The RSP was defered to July 9.

The  minutes of the meeting will be available on the City of Melbourne
website soon.

Thanks to Cate Hughes, Georges Gouron, Rod Brown and other IRG members
for supporting us at the Town Hall.

Photo: Steve Bardsley for the VSRA and Damien Codognotto for the IRG.

T      The VSRA are pleased to have contributed to last night’s big win for Scooter and Motorcycle Riders when a coalition of Rider Groups comprising the VSRA, IRG and the VMC made a joint submission to the Melbourne City Council requesting the vote on adoption of the Road Safety Plan in its current format be deferred, this until a submission supporting Scooters and Motorcycles in the CBD is submitted. We put our case formally addressing the council meeting explaining the current Plan ignores Scooters and Motorcycles. The Lord Mayor and Councilors then took a vote. They unanimously  voted in favour of our request to defer the decision to adopt the Road Safety Plan, this until the 9th July 2013. We thank the MCC for this. Now the work on our submission in support of Scooters begins!
R    Regards
S    Steve Bardsley
S    Spokesperson - VSRA

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations to all concerned - well done! The two wheel fraternity are very lucky to have you acting on our behalf. Thanks guys!